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JOHN C. H. GRABILL No 3822 Harney Range, Horseshoe Curve On The B&M Ry. Near Custer City, SD, 1891, 9.7x13.7" Albumen Print on 11x14" mount. ASG# JCG/1132 Grabill was one of a handful of photographer

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Three Custer Battlefield Photographs, One Autographed by Custer Scout, lot includes the following unique silver gelatin photographs, ca early 1890s: one of the earliest known images of Custer's wooden cross that captures the cross facing uphill, and to the right of the monument, opposed to later published views that look downhill showing the valley and river, dedicated, signed, and dated on verso by William Billy Jackson, Custer's Scout, September 10, 1892, 4" x 6", matted on cardstock, 4.25" x 6.5"; an unpublished photo of Lt. J.J. Crittenden's grave at Custer Cemetery, as indicated by the penciled inscription on recto, featuring cavalry officers with their gear, 3.25" x 4", matted on cardstock, 3.75" x 5"; and an unpublished image of Colonel Miles Keogh's cross marker at Custer Cemetery, as indicated by the penciled inscription on recto, with cavalry officers lounging, note early rail fence in distance, 3.5" x 4.5", matted on cardstock, 4" x 5.25".

According to the consignor, the Crittenden and Keogh grave photographs were originally part of a collage of items that came from the collection of Sergeant William Capes who served with the 7th Cavalry Regiment, Company M in 1876. This company was a part of the garrison at Fort Rice, Dakota, until they marched to Fort Lincoln on May 5 and joined the regiment to take part in the Sioux expedition. The regiment then left Fort Lincoln on May 17 and Company M was part of a scouting party that Lieutenant Colonel George Custer took up the Little Missouri for 22 miles and returned on May 30. Company M did participate in the Little Big Horn River fight, and 12 from the company were killed, 2 died as a result of wounds, and 12 were wounded during this battle. Capes was on detached service from June 15, 1876, at Yellowstone Depot, Montana Territory, and he did not join the company until July 30, 1876. Thus, he did not participate at Little Big Horn (Hammer, 1972: 243-246).
Condition
Toning to images; scattered soiling; moderate edgewear to mounts; lower left corner of the third image mount is bent and taped.
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768: Three Custer Battlefield Photographs, One Autograp

Estimate $2,000 - $3,000Jun 24, 2009
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